Danilo Catolico GannodJuly 22, 1962 ~ September 28, 2017 (age 55)
Danilo Catolico “Dan” Gannod, a public affairs officer at Camp Parks in Dublin, CA and resident of Antioch, CA, died unexpectedly on September 28, 2017 at the age of 55.
Dan is survived by his mother Maria Asuncion Gannod of Zambales, Philippines; his wife Elsa (née Zablan); his children, Gavin Zablan and Lauren Zablan Gannod; his siblings Mary Grace Perrin of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Gerald Gannod (Barbara) of Cookeville, TN, Godofredo Gannod Jr. (Jennifer) of Royal Oak, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Godofredo Gannod Sr.
Dan was born in Manila, Philippines on July 22, 1962 to Godofredo Gannod Sr. and Maria Asuncion Catolico. He graduated from Plymouth Salem High School in Canton, MI in 1981. He received his B.S. in Pre-Law from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and was commissioned through the ROTC program as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army as an infantry officer in 1987. Dan married Elsa Adiong Zablan in 1995 and a became a father of twins Gavin and Lauren in 2002.
Dan first immigrated to the United States in 1970 at the age of 8. In his youth, he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, played trumpet in the middle school band, and was a lineman on the Plymouth Salem Rocks football team. Upon graduation from high school, Dan enlisted in the US Army before enrolling in the pre-law and ROTC programs at EMU. He served 25 years as both an enlisted man and officer, attaining the final rank of Captain before retiring in 2005. In his time in the military Dan was stationed around the world including Germany, Panama, Kosovo, and Korea. Upon retirement, Dan opened his own public relations firm in Redwoods, CA before returning as a civil servant for the US Army as a Public Affairs Officer at Camp Parks.
As a devoted husband and father, Dan could often be found traveling around the US and world on vacations with his family. He was known for being especially encouraging and supportive of those around him, be it as a coach to his son’s youth team or through thoughtful words to his daughter and timely gifts to his nieces and nephews.
Dan will be missed by family, friends, and all that knew him.